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Offline Roger Zimmermann

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I found my luck! (maybe)
« on: May 02, 2017, 11:03:19 AM »
As you probably remember, last November I sold my '56 Sedan de Ville, after owning it for 34 years, because I wanted something less old. I was happy to have a car less and lot of space in the garage! And, to tell the truth, I did not search for a replacement car.
Some time ago, Brian Faull (he is on this forum on a regular basis) asked me what kind of car I would like to have. My response was that a '69 to '72 de Ville would be fine, either as a 4-door or Coupe, not white or black. I forgot about this until recently as Brian sent to me a link to a Craiglist: there was a 1972 Coupe, with less than 20'000 miles for a decent price. The car was green, with a green vinyl top and green trim. I'm not especially a fan of green (politically and with the color), but this green was after all good looking.
Usually I don't do phone calls because my English over the phone is not the best but sometimes...I had to do it. I phone to the seller, had a good impression and finally, I spent also a phone call to Brian.
After a while, when the dust was down, I decided to buy the car and let ship it to Brian for an inspection as well as repairs if needed. Sure, the transport from Florida to Pennsylvania was not cheap, but doing repairs in Switzerland costs twice what I will have to spent at Brian's place.
Yesterday, I got document from the seller like copies from titles, the window's invoice and the car broadcast showing the options. The only option I'm missing is the trunk lid pull-down. I can live without it...

Yesterday, Brian sent me a list of issues he found. Well, a car with a low mileage does not automatically means a perfect vehicle! And this car has some issues like brakes (I'm not surprised), dried bushings and less pleasant, perforating rust at some places. Well, after all that car is 45 years old!

When Brian will be ready with the numerous repairs, the car will be ready to make a long journey to Switzerland. I will report here how things are going.

Oh, by the way: with all that green, the car has a new name: Popeye.

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Offline lexi

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 11:07:22 AM »
Roger congratulations! Wish you and your new/old car all the best. Do keep us posted! Clay/Lexi

Offline Roger Zimmermann

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 11:16:53 AM »
Thanks Lexi! It will be an adventure, that's sure.
I'm trying to add more pictures, it seems that the other ones I have are too large. Some more work...
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Offline Roger Zimmermann

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2017, 11:25:13 AM »
A new try to publish pictures.
The previous ones are when the car was loaded in Florida to go to Brian. These are at Brian's place.
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Offline Dan LeBlanc

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2017, 11:45:55 AM »
Wow.  Looks great.  This shade of green is very nice.
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Offline Roger Zimmermann

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2017, 11:53:16 AM »
Thanks Dan! That shade, Sumatra Green Irid. code 44 will not be seen very often.
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Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2017, 12:02:35 PM »
Not a lover of green either usually Roger but that combination is very pleasant. Low mileage gems like this never turn up in our European countries.
Steve

Offline Roger Zimmermann

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2017, 12:04:48 PM »
Not a lover of green either usually Roger but that combination is very pleasant. Low mileage gems like this never turn up in our European countries.
That's right Steve, but sometimes cars with more miles/km are technically in a better condition than Popeye!
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Offline lexi

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2017, 12:18:55 PM »
While I am also not a huge fan of green, that is a lovely shade. I would not kick that car out of my driveway! Love it! (and I would not change the color either). Clay/Lexi
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Offline Gene Beaird

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2017, 01:03:57 PM »
While I am also not a huge fan of green, that is a lovely shade. I would not kick that car out of my driveway! Love it! (and I would not change the color either). Clay/Lexi

Same here!  Nice!  I'm guessing the rust is underneath the car?  The painted bits look to be in very good shape!

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Offline bcroe

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I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 01:30:43 PM »
It looks good and will far out perform the 56.  Serious brake work is part of
every purchase here, along with the timing chain and tires.  An HEI could
be fitted, change hoses, and don't be surprised if it needs a new radiator. 
If there is any hint of a transmission problem, get it out and install a $30
soft gasket/seal kit. 

good luck, Bruce Roe

Offline Roger Zimmermann

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2017, 04:22:08 PM »
The rust is at the lower part of the front fenders. Somebody in this forum already wrote that cars from that time were more rust prone as before.
The radiator was already replaced with an aluminum one; maybe it's good, maybe not. I'm not a fan of aluminum but, for the moment, I'll leave it. Of course, old hoses, wheel cylinders, master cylinder (leaking) will be replaced. I suppose that the car still had the OEM brake fluid...
I asked Brian to have a look at the timing chain & gears and tires will be replaced.
About the nylon covered gear: I know at least 2 1972 cars in Switzerland with a rather high mileage; the people are not aware of that problem and (touch wood), there is no problem for the moment.
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Offline Jeff Rose CLC #28373

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2017, 04:44:45 PM »
Congrats!!
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Offline dochawk

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Re: I found my luck! (maybe)
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2017, 10:40:33 PM »
Wow!

Enjoy . . .

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